Husniddin Ahun is a journalist based in Pittsburgh, United States of America. Award-winning writer with 20+ years of experience using open source information to produce print, radio, video, and online content, including on social media. Extensive knowledge of foreign media environments and advanced language skills. LANGUAGES: Native fluency (ILR level 3 or higher) in Russian, turkish, azerbaijan and uzbek. RECENT EXPERIENCE Independent Contractor, Voice of America, Washington, DC, 2014–present • Wrote and published regular feature stories for the Voice of America’s (VOA) Uzbek Service; • Conducted open source research and fact-checked various sources in foreign languages; • Applied regional and language expertise to promote published material on social media; • Conducted and recorded interviews with community leaders, academics, and experts; • Produced video stories for VOA’s social media channels; • Engaged with social media users to generate feedback. PREVIOUS WORK HISTORY Correspondent, The Associated Press, Tashkent Bureau, Uzbekistan, 2007–2008 Researched, wrote, and published news reports and managed several analytical programs in a highly restrictive media environment, often providing the only Western reporting from the country. Correspondent, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Prague, The Czech Republic, 2001–2006 Produced award-winning open source reporting and managed a staff of journalists and contributors during a crisis severely limiting media environment in one of the country bureaus. AWARDS The David Burke Distinguished Journalism Award Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), Washington, DC, 2006 Excellence in Journalism Award Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), London, UK, 2001.